Denbigh School Year Six Virtual Tour
Welcome from Denbigh School
Welcome to our Year 6 Open Evening microsite. This page will offer you comprehensive information about Denbigh School as well as giving an opportunity to experience life at our school.
Our Open Evening took place on Wednesday 13th October and it was wonderful to welcome so many prospective families through our doors.
This site includes:
- An Open Evening presentation from Dr Andrea Frame, Head of School.
- A video tour of Denbigh School.
- An interactive map with information from our Faculty teams.
- Further information regarding life at Denbigh School and wider support systems.
Denbigh School is one of two Secondary Schools in The Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust. It is an organisation which has at its core the values of ‘Care, Education and Opportunity’ for young people. It is our ambition as a Trust that the individual care we provide our students can exist within a larger organisation, where no student is anonymous. We have a determination to understand our students and staff and safeguard their needs, and believe that when you look after your students and staff everything is possible. This must be underpinned by a first-class educational experience where, within a culture of continuous learning, we all strive to do our very best, whatever the challenges. Lastly, we believe that setting the learning journey within a context of opportunity is crucial if our students and staff are to see the relevance of what they do. The opportunities that we provide through the Trust are both inspirational and enriching.
We encourage students to use our Open Evening Student Passport below to guide them through the presentations from each of our Faculty areas. We hope that you find the information presented on this site useful.
Visit the Faculties at Denbigh School
Our interactive map offers you the chance to visit each Faculty at Denbigh School.
Click on each Faculty to view a video, the Year 7 learning journey and answers to some questions frequently asked at our Open Evenings.
Social Sciences at Denbigh
Clubs, Trips and Visits
At Denbigh School, we believe that trips and visits contribute significantly to a holistic education. Students enjoy themselves and have memorable experiences; they have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and apply their learning to the “real world”. They also acquire new skills and face challenges that enrich their schooling and develop character. During 2018-9, Denbigh offered 67 day trips and 23 residential trips. In Year 7, students go to Warwick Castle, enhancing their understanding of History. From Year 9 upwards, students are invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which involves a walking expedition with overnight camping. Students develop independence and resilience through this, especially in navigating their route and avoiding getting lost!
We offer a number of trips abroad every year. The A level Physics trip to CERN to see the Hadron Collider in Geneva is a favourite amongst our Year 13 student; we offer exchange visits to France and Germany, including sixth form work experience in Caen for A level French students. Our GCSE History students to Berlin to develop understanding of the Holocaust. More locally, students take part in competitions and events such as The Robotics competition for Year 7 – 8 students; an careers for girls held at Bletchley Park and the Ada Lovelace Computing Challenge, amongst many others.
In July, we disband the timetable for 2 days to run “Activities Days” – the highlight of the school year for many students. Students can take part in a wide range of trips, or activities in school. Our most popular trips include a day at Alton Towers; visiting Harry Potter World; taking a trip to a recording studio for the day; mini-golf; Wake-Boarding and cycling around Milton Keynes.
Student voice is very important at Denbigh School and is led through three strands:
- Student and House Council
- Satellite Groups
- Students as learning partners
The student council meet twice a week, the house council meets once a week. Students on these councils have been through an election and nomination process to reach their position or through an application process. They are supported by a member of the leadership team and present at leadership team meetings. The house and student council are run by the students with an elected president and vice president.
Purpose of Student Councils
- To give students an opportunity to contribute towards decision-making, which will be supportive of their educational experiences at Denbigh.
- To give students an opportunity to contribute directly towards teaching and learning at Denbigh School.
- To provide practical opportunities for students to be involved in democratic processes.
- Opportunity to support charities.
We have a set of Satellite groups that students are able to become apart of. The Satellite groups embody areas students are interested in, that they want to promote and work towards within school. Some of our Satellite groups are Eco schools, Youth SACRE, ICT and Remembrance.
Students as Learning Partners
Students are trained to work with teachers to support teaching and learning in the school.
After students are trained, they work with a teacher over the year. They meet with the teacher to agree a focus for the observation, observe a lesson and then feedback to the teacher.
Teachers are complimentary of the support they have from students. It supports them to understand the students learning from a different perspective.
Students appreciate the training; they are able to gain real insight into the teaching and learning and feel that they have an impact on the lessons taught in school.
To find out more about our Student Voice and see what our students have to say, please read:
Open Evening Student Voice
Heads of Year (Pastoral)
Each Year group has a Head of Year (Pastoral) who has an oversight of student wellbeing, attendance and behaviour in school. Each Head of Year works closely with Tutors, class teachers, support staff and parents to support students throughout their time at Denbigh School.
We have a dedicated team of teaching and support staff who provide individual and group support to students. Our Pastoral support is based around getting to know and understanding the needs of our students. We believe that providing routines and structure throughout our school community enable students to feel safe and achieve.
The Pastoral team, including our Heads of Years, work closely with support staff, including our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team, to provide support that is focused on the needs of our students. Support may be provided by Heads of Years and Tutors as well as our School Counsellor, Pastoral Mentor, Pastoral Assistant, Teaching Assistants and staff with specialist roles within the school. Some students may also receive support from professionals from outside our school community and we facilitate this support wherever possible.
Students are placed into one of our five Houses, Brunel, Curie, Darwin, Newton and Stephenson. This provides structure and competition to our school community. Each year, all students will have an opportunity to get involved with House events and interact with students from other Years and Houses.
Your child’s Tutor will be your main point of contact at Denbigh School and students meet with their Tutor every morning. Tutors will monitor all aspects of school life and provide consistent support throughout each week including the celebrations of achievements and outstanding contributions of our students. During Tutorial sessions, students will follow a programme of study incorporating PSHEE, structured around our school values of be engaged, be kind and respectful and do no harm.
Each House also has a dedicated team of House Presidents and Vice House Presidents who are members of the Sixth Form. The House President team are a visible presence for students, providing aspirational role models and encouragement. House Presidents may lead assemblies, provide support to individual students, run Student Councils and provide leadership for House competitions.
We invite students from all Houses and Years to take part in our exciting Interhouse competitions. Students compete to earn House points and our Interhouse competitions run throughout the whole year. We run a range of competitions so there is always something for everyone to take part in.
Interhouse events include the Denbigh MasterChef competition, where students work in small teams to produce a two-course meal for our judges, Gladiator competition, quizzes, tug of war and a table tennis tournament.
Head of Year (Progress)
The Head of Year (Progress)’s key role is to ensure that students maximise the academic and pastoral opportunities that are available at Denbigh School.
Each Head of Year stays with their students as they move through the school; this ensures that there is a continuity of support. Our goal is that, when students reach Year 11, they have the confidence and ability to reach their potential in GCSE assessments and examinations.
The Head of Year (Progress) has a range of data and information useful to monitor each student. Students are expected to complete their homework and be engaged in their learning and the Head of Year’s role is to celebrate this. This positive culture motivates all students to contribute and succeed. Heads of Years also celebrate the achievements of students in extra-curricular activities including within Performing Arts, Sports, and charity work within the community.
Monitoring of the academic progress that every student is making enables proactive support. The Head of Year (Progress) coordinates intervention when required, for example, one-to-one mentoring, additional sessions and bespoke careers advice. The Head of Year is also integral when considering students’ GCSE options and ensuring that students and parents are fully informed regarding their curriculum options.
Heads of Years work closely with all staff to evaluate the progress of students and consider whether they are making the most of their opportunities in all aspects of school life.
Senior Leadership Team
Dr A. Frame
Head of School
Strategic Leadership of Denbigh School
Mr P. Myers
Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding, Student Behaviour, Staff and Student Well Being
Mr A. Steed
Teaching & Learning, Achievement, Curriculum
Mrs H. Brown
Timetable, Options, Extra-Curricular Activities
Miss L. Dale
Senior Professional Tutor, Teaching and Learning
Mrs C. Flowers
Special Education Needs and Disabilities, the PSHE Curriculum, Tutorial and Assemblies, Reading Strategy
Mrs H. Fry
Student Progress and Achievement Years 7 – 9, Year 7 Transition
Mr P. Gannaway
Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr J. Waters
Student Progress and Achievement Years 10 – 11, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Information about our Open Evening
We would like to welcome Year 7 prospective students for 2022 to our school on Wednesday 13th October 2021 between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
We recommend the following arrival times for families from our largest feeder schools:
Caroline Haslett Primary School: Arrivals between 5:30pm-6:15pm
Loughton School: Arrivals between 6:15pm-7:00pm
Two Mile Ash School: Arrivals between 7:00pm-7:45pm
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